The Lumberton School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 8 at the Lumberton ISD Central Administration Building boardroom.
After announcing that Dr. Gerald Chandler is the finalist for Superintendent, the Board proceeded with the agenda.
During the public forum portion of the meeting, Sonia Cain, the Special Education Director with the Big Thicket Co-op introduced and recognized LISD diagnosticians in honor of Texas Diagnosticians Week. Principals in attendance each spoke and showed appreciation for the diagnosticians at their campuses.
The Board approved the request that LISD could apply for a low attendance waiver.
Next, the Board discussed the need for a chiller replacement at the Lumberton High School. The purchase price is $114, 155 and requires Board approval since it is a purchase over $50,000. The purchase was approved.
Dr. Gerald Chandler presented the Superintendent’s Report. He mentioned that the Port Neches-Groves ISD expressed gratitude to the LISD’s Transportation Department for their assistance during the PNG school bus wreck. The Transportation Department helped transport students after the accident.
Dr. Chandler provided an update regarding the District of Innovation, saying the next meeting would be no March 19. They are expecting to modify the plan and want to start with relief from the mandated school start date along with flexibility with the calendar. He also mentioned the growth measures for teachers and said they plan to ask for some relief from that and they do have a waiver for this year.
Regarding the 2018/2019 calendar, they expect to have a draft by March 26.
Dr. Chandler brought up the recent situation regarding the alleged threat to the Lumberton Middle School. In reference to the communication of the situation to the parents, there were some complaints on social media stating that the parents saw the Facebook post prior to receiving a phone call. Dr. Chandler said it takes about 20 minutes for the phone calls to go out and there were 3,251 calls that went out that day. 92.7% of the phone calls were delivered. He continued to say 4,237 emails went out and 84.9% of those were delivered. “It’s a process,” he said.
“That was a situation handled very swiftly and quickly,” stated Dr. Chandler.
Toward the end of the meeting, Board Trustee Kenny Burkhalter said that he would like the Board to discuss ideas to keep kids safe at school. Gretchen Scoggins, LISD Coordinator of Special Programs and Communications, said “Whatever we do, we will coordinate with local law enforcement.”